The Road (2009)

The Road (2009)

The Road (2009)

Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast for this post-apocalyptic tale about an unnamed man (Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee from Romulus, My Father) travelling across an ash-covered American landscape, left in tatters by an unspecified monstrous cataclysm some years before. Most of the planet's life and civilization  has been destroyed, and what's left isn't very friendly.

This is from John Hillcoat, director of gritty Outback western The Proposition, and an adaptation of an unrelenting Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) novel.

2009Rating: R16, Contains Violence & Content That May Disturb112 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Except for the physical aspects of this bleak odyssey by a father and son through a post-apocalyptic landscape, this long-delayed production falls dispiritingly short on every front.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Prepare yourself for a particularly depressing end of the world.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Engrossing and at times impressive, a pretty good movie that is disappointing to the extent that it could have been great. Is this the way the world ends? With polite applause?

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Director John Hillcoat has performed an admirable job of bringing Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen as an intact and haunting tale, even at the cost of sacrificing color, big scenes and standard Hollywood imagery of post-apocalyptic America.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One of the most chillingly effective visions of the world’s end ever put on screen -- and a heart-rending study of parenthood, to boot.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

If there was ever a book that would have collapsed horribly upon itself if it was buggered about with too much, The Road is that story. The novel is Pulitzer Prize-winning brilliant, and author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) is a rare and special assembler of the English language.

5.0
0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional feeling.

0

100 word review

In a post-apocalyptic world, a father struggles to keep himself and his young son alive as they search for any form of sanctuary. This movie is not easy to watch, for the world that’s detailed is bleak, depressing and frightening. Viggo Mortensen gives a heart-wrenching performance as the father who scrambles to provide any sort of hope for his hungry,...

4.0
0

Review

While I didn't feel the same emotional connection as I did to the book and the image I most remember from the book isn't in it, this is still an awesome film, great imagery, atmosphere and acting with an original take on the term post-apocalyptic.

4.0
0

well above HORROR genra

Ok. I haven't read the book so I can't say wether it is true to it or not ... However the film itself is amazing, it will stay with you a long time. Don't go watching it thinking you're in for a horror movie, it is well above the horror genra (which by the sound is what Andrea didn't like)... it has depth, it has substance and even if the story itself is...

5.0
0

excellent book, excellent movie

this movie should have been up for best movie at the oscars. And seamus is wrong

5.0
0

Best post-apocalyptic flick

I read the book and was wondering how this film would turnout. Great surprise as its better than the book. Viggo is great and the visuals much appropriate. The book is even less engaging emotional the the film. I thought that the filmmakers did a remarkable job of maintaining the plainness of the book while still giving the viewer a greater set of emotions...

0

Review

not emotionally engaging enough to be be a film that relies on its atmosphere. not enough plot to be entertaining. it wasn't bad filmaking, just a poor choice for a screen adaptation. overall i found it a little shallow. read the book - there is no way a film could ever capture its brilliance.

3.0
0

Depressing and oh-so-slow

Completely agree with the Flicks review. This material would be much better in a book or maybe with a different director, but in this movie it lacks tension and character development. Robert Duvall gives the film a lift but it isn't enough to drag it out of the cellar.

2.0
0

Don't agree with Flicks review

Sorry Andreas, but I am going to have to highly disagree with your review. I thought it was a remarkable and captivating film. I learned to appreciate these kinds of film not too long ago and I admire the effort that has gone into making this sad tale into an on screen gem. Its very slow moving, but that didn't bother me, I was just relating myself to the...

4.0
0

A Movie for the Ages

Dark and captivating. I'm sorry to those people who only like films like Twilight but this is for grownups. I thrilling tale that leaves leads you enthralled through an ash-strewn North America. Not every question is answered but for those with imaginations it should not be a problem.

5.0
0

Not great

Looks good and Viggo doesn't dissappoint, but the kid grates. Scary and realistic doomed earth vision makes it worth seeing.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Except for the physical aspects of this bleak odyssey by a father and son through a post-apocalyptic landscape, this long-delayed production falls dispiritingly short on every front.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Prepare yourself for a particularly depressing end of the world.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Engrossing and at times impressive, a pretty good movie that is disappointing to the extent that it could have been great. Is this the way the world ends? With polite applause?

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Director John Hillcoat has performed an admirable job of bringing Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen as an intact and haunting tale, even at the cost of sacrificing color, big scenes and standard Hollywood imagery of post-apocalyptic America.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One of the most chillingly effective visions of the world’s end ever put on screen -- and a heart-rending study of parenthood, to boot.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

If there was ever a book that would have collapsed horribly upon itself if it was buggered about with too much, The Road is that story. The novel is Pulitzer Prize-winning brilliant, and author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) is a rare and special assembler of the English language.

5.0
0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional feeling.

0

100 word review

In a post-apocalyptic world, a father struggles to keep himself and his young son alive as they search for any form of sanctuary. This movie is not easy to watch, for the world that’s detailed is bleak, depressing and frightening. Viggo Mortensen gives a heart-wrenching performance as the father who scrambles to provide any sort of hope for his hungry,...

4.0
0

Review

While I didn't feel the same emotional connection as I did to the book and the image I most remember from the book isn't in it, this is still an awesome film, great imagery, atmosphere and acting with an original take on the term post-apocalyptic.

4.0
0

well above HORROR genra

Ok. I haven't read the book so I can't say wether it is true to it or not ... However the film itself is amazing, it will stay with you a long time. Don't go watching it thinking you're in for a horror movie, it is well above the horror genra (which by the sound is what Andrea didn't like)... it has depth, it has substance and even if the story itself is...

5.0
0

excellent book, excellent movie

this movie should have been up for best movie at the oscars. And seamus is wrong

5.0
0

Best post-apocalyptic flick

I read the book and was wondering how this film would turnout. Great surprise as its better than the book. Viggo is great and the visuals much appropriate. The book is even less engaging emotional the the film. I thought that the filmmakers did a remarkable job of maintaining the plainness of the book while still giving the viewer a greater set of...

0

Review

not emotionally engaging enough to be be a film that relies on its atmosphere. not enough plot to be entertaining. it wasn't bad filmaking, just a poor choice for a screen adaptation. overall i found it a little shallow. read the book - there is no way a film could ever capture its brilliance.

3.0
0

Depressing and oh-so-slow

Completely agree with the Flicks review. This material would be much better in a book or maybe with a different director, but in this movie it lacks tension and character development. Robert Duvall gives the film a lift but it isn't enough to drag it out of the cellar.

2.0
0

Don't agree with Flicks review

Sorry Andreas, but I am going to have to highly disagree with your review. I thought it was a remarkable and captivating film. I learned to appreciate these kinds of film not too long ago and I admire the effort that has gone into making this sad tale into an on screen gem. Its very slow moving, but that didn't bother me, I was just relating myself to the...

4.0
0

A Movie for the Ages

Dark and captivating. I'm sorry to those people who only like films like Twilight but this is for grownups. I thrilling tale that leaves leads you enthralled through an ash-strewn North America. Not every question is answered but for those with imaginations it should not be a problem.

5.0
0

Not great

Looks good and Viggo doesn't dissappoint, but the kid grates. Scary and realistic doomed earth vision makes it worth seeing.

3.0
0